A covered walkway/canopy is an important architectural element that is often overlooked because of the simplicity of its function. Regardless of this, a walkway still serves an important purpose for any establishment. This is why more property owners are taking the time to improve their walkways. Whether this is to beautify it to better fit their property’s aesthetic or enhance it for pedestrian use, there are plenty of ways property owners are optimising their walkways.


A popular design element that has practical advantages is the installation of a shading system. Many property owners are building canopies above their establishments’ walkways to improve their functionality. While this improvement mostly benefits pedestrians, there are plenty of ways it can benefit the establishment and broader community.

Browse some other benefits of a covered walkaway:

A Covered Walkway Protects Staff, Clients And Customers

A major benefit that covered walkways bring to any site is the protection they give to staff, clients and customers from the elements. Covered walkways mean anyone using your site can stay warm and dry when moving about – even if it is snowing or raining outside! This type of walkway will also mean people can move about your site safely when it’s icy outside. As the inside of the walkway will no get slippery, it means your staff and visitor can walk between buildings in complete security.

Covered Walkways Create More Designated Outdoor Areas

Another key benefit of an outdoor walkway is the ability they give to provide useable, all-year-round outdoor space on your site. You may, for example, use the covered walkway to lead staff out to the outdoor smoking area which is away from your main building but still undercover in case of inclement weather. The ability to use structures like this to improve on-site facilities or provide covered outdoor space for work purposes is very useful. In the current social distancing climate, these types of walkways are also very handy as places for people to queue safely when waiting to enter your premises.

Optimise Drop-Off Areas

One of the ways to increase the number of people visiting an establishment is to make it more accommodating. Installing a shading system in the drop-odd area gives people a comfortable place to wait for their cars to arrive. By providing simple solutions like this, a property owner makes their space more inviting to people which can result in an increase in business growth.

Cost-Effective Extension for Storefronts

A covered walkway has the potential to drive business growth. For properties that have shops in front, a covered walkway can serve as space for shop owners to display some of their products outside. Installing a canopy over an existing walkway is a cost-effective method of extending business space while creating an inviting environment for all the customers.

Lower Maintenance Costs

Wear and tear are common for any property that regularly experiences traffic. This is why regular maintenance is a major cost component for any property owner. Keeping any property in top condition makes it visually appealing to visitors, which can play a role in driving them into the establishment. While shading systems have their own maintenance requirements, the costs involved are significantly lower than those that involve repair and reconstruction.

High-Quality  Walkways for Your School or Workplace

Are you looking for high-quality walkways for your school or workplace? You are in the right place!

Shelter Store’s covered walkways and canopies cater for all budgets and needs, whilst retaining the highest quality and standards. All of our covered walkways are made bespoke for you and can be finished in a wide range of colours and finishes including powder coating and 316 stainless steel for that premium finish. Perfect for schools, offices and public spaces alike.